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Looks like Steve McClaren might just have done enough to save himself his England job and indirectly save Aston Villa from losing their manager.

McClaren, who lets face it should never have been hired in the first place for the 'top' job, needs just one point against Croatia on Wednesday night to see England qualify for the Euro Championship. IF the team lose they are out and one would expect the axe to fall immediately as it isn't often you are given a lifeline like this. Hopefully they won't be taking Croatia lightly though, as Israel proved last night, anything can happen in international football. Maybe he'll use his brain and use Scott Carson and restore Gareth Barry to the starting line up.

The press are certainly clamouring for Martin O'Neill with the Daily Star reporting that he is the bookies favourite after he 'refused to rule himself in or out of contention' The paper continues; But last month Villa owner Randy Lerner sparked fresh speculation linking O'Neill with England by stating he would never stand in his way if, and when, the post next became available. That appears to have cleared the path for talks between the parties to begin if - as is widely expected - McClaren is sacked after Wednesday's clash with Croatia. But last night O'Neill was giving nothing away about whether he would be interested in swapping the Premier League for a crack at the world stage. The ex-Celtic and Leicester boss said: 'There's no point in speculating on the speculation. Let's take it one step at a time. That's the way to run with it.' Adding, 'My own view, and I'm not just saying it for the sake of it, is that England's recent performances have been excellent.'

Surely he would just say no I'm not interested the same way Alan Curbishley of West Ham has if he hadn't got an interest? Curbs said: 'I'm ruling myself out entirely. This is where I want to be and this is where I want to be successful, so I've got no intention of leaving the club.'

Meanwhile an 'exclusive' in the Sunday Mirror says that if we don't qualify Martin O'Neill tops the FA list. I bet the press are sick as pigs Russia didn't win last night, their knives were already out and sharpened, imagine all those headlines ready for today that they've had to scrap?! They claim Qualification for the Euro 2008 Finals can keep the beleaguered McClaren in his job. If England fail they will turn to Aston Villa manager O'Neill. The FA intend to avert a prolonged debate over McClaren's disastrous reign by seeking immediate permission from Villa to open talks with O'Neill. They also say that Portsmouth's Harry Redknapp and Blackburn's Mark Hughes are also on the list.

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 18 2007

Time: 11:06AM

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If O'Neill isn't interested he should say so NOW. Do we really want a manager who wants another job? Managing villa shouldn't be second best to any other job and that includes England. O'Neill should either commit himself to villa or go.
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18/11/2007 11:24:00

Would O'Neill really want the pressure that the England managers job puts on everyone who gets it? I think he's to outspoken for the stiffs at the Fa, thats why they put 'yes man' Mclaren in charge!
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18/11/2007 11:26:00

Hes done the right thing in saying nothing. Obviously if he would be interested he cant say so out of respect to Mcclaren and our club. If he is, then he signed a rolling contract, randy has said he wont stand in his way (so that must have been discussed before I think) so he can go. He is 100% commited to Villa now, but if england come calling he wont be and he will take the job. Thats fair enough, and the club will get over it and appoint a new man. While he is 100% commited however, Im happy he is Villa manager. I hope Mcdonut stays in the job though, with MON gone I think the likes of Gabby and Young will be easier to prize away (obviosuly its dependant on the manager we bring in) but I wouldnt want to risk that.
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18/11/2007 11:54:00

Words of wisdom from Mickey_Villa. No one man is bigger than AVFC, and that includes MON. If he craves the England job, and if the job is one day offered to him, then so be it. Having said that, I'm a big MON fan, and no, I do not want to see him leave. He has done in my opinion a very good job since arriving at VP, and at this moment in time remains the best man out there for the Villa Park hot-seat. This club needs stability, a sustained period of growth and development, and hopefully that will be obtained with MON still at the helm.
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18/11/2007 12:50:00

MoN is really getting on my t1ts these last few weeks I think his one year rolling contract that he always had is a load of bull,he has this contract so he can walk away at any moment.Hes either committed or not.I just wish he'd got the contracts sorted out before he intended to go.Ive lost alot of respect for MoN over the last few weeks.Hes putting himself under alot of pressure should results start going against him.
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18/11/2007 13:12:00

I happy enough to see him stay bit if I had a preference I'd like someone in with a bit more nouse. Hiddink would be superb now that Russia are out. My only fear is that I don't know who Villa could get in his place. I'm not totally sure of Randy's goals and aspirations. Still surprised he missed the Blues game and where his loyalties lie. He can't be 100% committed because of the Browns and his money has to be divided between the 2.
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18/11/2007 13:39:00

What is it that's been getting on your tats the last couple of weeks Pking - is it the 6 points we've taken that's upsetting you, or the fact we're sitting a couple of points off the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea around the European spots??
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18/11/2007 13:55:00

I hope he stays but when your manager isnt even that subtle about his desire to take another job I dont think it helps the club move foward.
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18/11/2007 14:08:00

To be fair on O'Neill, he has had speculation surrounding jobs with him his entire career and he never seems to comment, so it's nothing new. I don't think he'll get to make the choice, though, as England won't turn to him.
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18/11/2007 14:17:00

Has MON achieved enough in coaching to get the England hot seat,his CV is hardly mindblowing is it...??
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18/11/2007 15:43:00

I agree with Jonah, O'Neill should be honest about any intentions he has regarding moving on.
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18/11/2007 17:35:00

Some of you guys appear to want everybody to be loyal except yourselves. Why the hell should MON be 'loyal' to people who say stuff like he's "really getting on my t1ts these last few weeks" and others 'not being bothered' if he stays or goes. And why the hell should he say anything one way or the other just because some **** sniffing newshound is short of a story (as usual)? The way it should work is this: the FA create a shortlist for the job, and maybe announce that. The newspapers report that FACT. Then maybe we can expect comments from the candidates. Until then, it's all just a load of paper talk. Get real and chill.
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18/11/2007 18:12:00

And as for "O'Neill being honest about any intentions he has", Deano, how would you feel about it if your workmates asked you EVERY Monday morning what your intentions were about leaving your wife? How long would you continue to give the same answer before realising that they'll just print what they like anyway, so why give them the satisfaction? I know what I'd do!
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18/11/2007 18:15:00

What would have been the response to this thread after the last transfer window I wonder??
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18/11/2007 18:20:00

BTB: Curbishley has been honest and come out and said he is happy at West Ham and doesn't intend leaving. That's all anybody is asking O'Neill to honest.
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18/11/2007 18:30:00

Trouble with football is that there aren't enough games to take everyones attention - hence speculation and hot air. I agree with BTB here. And to query Randy because he missed a game at the sty? The guy comes from the USA ffs and has put more into this club than any of us will ever see. Ask a question - how much have all of the other foreign owners invested? Manu is funded by credit terms and grossly inflated ticket prices, Liverpuddle is to financed to the hilt. OK Chelski have been financed - but there are few people like Abromowich around. Whats up with every one? Villa is moving forward for the first time in years and must be the envy of many other clubs. And still there are moans - sign up Laurson, sign up Mellberg bring back Cahill - err how many centre backs do we need? I suggest we let those closest to the club get on with it.
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18/11/2007 19:41:00

I understand what you're saying Jonah, but does 'no comment' equal 'not being honest'? I don't think so. IF the FA want to replace McClaren, and IF they draw up a shortlist, and IF MON is on that shortlist and IF he is at all interested, then say something to the press. Otherwise, keep quiet or they will twist whatever you say. Whether he is interested or not will become clear in the future - until then it is all meaningless speculation.
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18/11/2007 20:49:00

STOP THIS NONSENSE NOW! There is no vacancy, and who says MON wants it anyway? Paper talk which started with some misplaced quote from Randy who was being stitched up and fell for it. England found an Israeli Gary Mc Kay and old Ginger is going nowhere!
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18/11/2007 21:56:00

He's our manager until he isn't. Thats how it is in football. We'd better get used to it.
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19/11/2007 02:01:00

I dont want a new manager, another fresh start or indeed another 5 year plan. I want MON to continue building the team at Villa Park starting with this transfer window. The FA Goon Show can roll on to another Manager If England fail to qualify for the Euro's or If they actually qualify and get knocked out in the first round.
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19/11/2007 11:38:00

There wouldn't be a fresh start or new five-year plan. The current plan would continue with a new manager. But it won't happen, no chance of it.
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19/11/2007 14:12:00


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